When the Nickelodeon Was King (Silent)
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- Run Time: 1 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Released: August 20, 2019
- Originally Released: 2019
- Label: Alpha Video
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Charlie Chaplin, Pearl White, Harold Lloyd & Rudolph Valentino|
|Directed by||Henry Lehrman & George B. Seitz|
Description by OLDIES.com:
THE MOVIES MARCH ALONG 1896-1928 (1945): Motion picture archivist Irving K. Meginnis compiled this engaging overview of the silent era, from early experiments like The Kiss (1896) and The Great Train Robbery (1903) to masterpieces such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Scaramouche (1923) for use in schools, museums, and 16mm film clubs. Among the luminaries featured are John Bunny, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Theda Bara, William S. Hart, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, Lon Chaney, Ramon Novarro, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, and John Barrymore. There's even a glimpse of the first animated film ever made, Fantasmagorie (1908) by Émile Cohl.
KID'S AUTO RACE (1914): Also known as Kid Auto Races at Venice and The Pest, this Keystone comedy is the first appearance of Charlie Chaplin as his immortal character, The Little Tramp. Chaplin (as The Tramp) interferes with the filming of a "baby-cart race." The hat, cane, mustache, and funny walk of this refined vagrant would soon make Chaplin an instantly identifiable star all over the world.
PERILS FROM "PLUNDER" (1923): This abbreviated version of the otherwise lost serial Plunder, starring stunt queen Pearl White (The Perils of Pauline) was sold on the 8mm home movie market. Pearl is an adventuress looking for buried treasure hidden underneath a New York skyscraper, but first, she must escape from a sinking pit of quicksand. According to historian Kevin Brownlow, Pearl's stunt double John Stevenson (wearing a blonde wig) died jumping from a double-decker bus during the filming of Plunder. Fortunately (or unfortunately) that scene is not included in this truncated version.
SELECTED NEWSREELS FROM WORLD WAR I (1916-1918): The newsreel was an important part of the early moviegoing experience. Originally, they dealt almost exclusively with frivolous matters, and were played for their comedic value. World War I changed all that. Newsreels now kept audiences on the edge of their seats as the horrors going on in Europe unspooled in front of their eyes. Included are examples from series such as The Mutual Weekly, Gaumont Graphic, and The Selig-Tribune, all dealing with World War I.
- Sales Rank: 613
- UPC: 089218825896
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